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Welcome to "Przekrój"!

In case you wonder where you are, and especially since you probably can’t pronounce the name of this website, here’s a little help. “Przekrój” (pron. ‘p-SHEH-crooy’) is the oldest magazine about society and culture in Poland. Now it’s also available in English!

“Przekrój” Magazine brings to the English reader some of the best journalism from across Central and Eastern Europe, in such fields as culture, society, ecology and literature. Stand aside from the haste and fierceness of everyday news and join us now!

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The 666 Faces of the Beast

The 666 Faces of the Beast
How to Find the Devil Everywhere

Magazine / society
For people with hexakosioihexekontahexaphobia, the number 666 is more than just a superstition; it’s a shockingly omnipresent Satanic symbol... Adam Węgłowski

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Smoke Over Tasmania

Smoke Over Tasmania
A Paradise on Fire

Magazine / society
In the midst of dry thunderstorms and climate change, Tasmania – an island known for having the cleanest air on Earth – is ablaze. Emilia Dłużewska
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Julia
Fiedorczuk
Julia Fiedorczuk

Jellyfish

Reading / feuilleton
An anecdote about rescuing washed-up jellyfish can teach us a broader lesson about how we might treat the environment we live in.
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We Live Inside the Sun

We Live Inside the Sun
An Interview with Paweł Preś

Magazine / science
Astronomer Paweł Preś talks about geomagnetic storms, drunk photons, and why the sun is much more powerful than we could ever imagine. Jan Pelczar

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Shall We Meet at Half Past Lust, or a Quarter to Folly?

Shall We Meet at Half Past Lust, or a Quarter to Folly?
The Charm of Raymond Peynet’s ‘Lovers’

Magazine / culture
A Polish artist and graphic designer reflects on his connection with Raymond Peynet’s illustrated ‘lovers’, whose naive simplicity shaped his own vision of love. Maurycy Gomulicki

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A Non-Bauhaus Fairytale

A Non-Bauhaus Fairytale
The Early Architecture of Walter Gropius

Magazine / society
Walter Gropius is best known as the founder of the Bauhaus and a leading proponent of the International Style. Yet if we look back to 1906, we find an altogether different type of architecture in his repertoire. Zygmunt Borawski
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A Foundation That’s Falling Apart

A Foundation That’s Falling Apart
Our Dangerous Over-Reliance on Sand

Magazine / society
Sand is a basic ingredient of modern life, most notably as a component of concrete buildings. Our consumption of sand is growing by 10% a year, bringing with it dire ecological consequences. Paulina Wilk
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Matthew
Coachinger

The Art of Heedless Travel

Reading / Commentary
Our in-house ‘coaching guru’ shares his wisdom – this week on how to take the most heedless holiday possible.
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A Royal Herb

A Royal Herb
The Mystic Allure of Basil

Magazine / society
Basil, with its aromatic scent and sweet taste, often finds its way onto our dinner plates. But this most regal of plants is also connected with good health, love and... death. Renata Lis
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Two Meditations for the Summer
Healthy Living

Two Meditations for the Summer

Magazine / society
A psychologist outlines two meditation exercises for the summer months. Julia E.  Wahl

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Ludwika
Włodek

Mr Barker, Oedipuss and Us

Magazine / society
We have more in common with cats and dogs than some people think – especially when it comes to cheekily deceiving each other.
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Finding Peace Through Yoga

Finding Peace Through Yoga
A Way for Veterans to Combat Trauma

Reading / society
VEToga is a yoga programme developed specifically for war veterans. It was designed by Justin Blazejewski, who began to experience PTSD after 10 years of military service. Jowita Kiwnik Pargana
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Eternal Summer

Eternal Summer

Media / Photo
Fokas boldly strips his model-friends down in front of the lens; yet, their poses are far from sexualized. A physical and spatial tension unfolds, as playful and surreal corporeal formations engage in a choreographic interplay of attraction, seduction, detachment, and resistance. Flirting with autonomy and vulnerability, his subjects are often witnessed as being in distress.
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Mr Barker, Oedipuss and Us (audio)
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Mr Barker, Oedipuss and Us (audio)

Media / Audio
We have more in common with cats and dogs than some people think – especially when it comes to cheekily deceiving each other. Original text by Ludwika Włodek. Read by Antonia Lloyd-Jones.
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The Oak Chronicles (audio)
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The Oak Chronicles (audio)

Media / Audio
An encounter with an ancient oak tree named Bartek, as experienced and retold by a biologist and poet. Original text by Urszula Zajączkowska. Read by
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Life in a Sealed Jar. A Brief History of Terrariums (audio)
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Life in a Sealed Jar. A Brief History of Terrariums (audio)

Media / Audio
Closed terrariums are currently in vogue for urban gardeners, but their history runs all the way back to 19th-century botany. Original text by Joanna Dobkowska. Read by Konstancja Dangel.
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Julia
Fiedorczuk
Julia Fiedorczuk

An Introduction to Anna Świrszczyńska’s Warsaw Uprising Poems

Reading / culture
Anna Świrszczyńska’s poetry undertakes a feminine revision of one of the most tragic events in Polish history, remaining timeless to this day.
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Three Poems on the Warsaw Uprising

Three Poems on the Warsaw Uprising

Reading / literature
“I’ll hide in the wall, I’ll go into the wall / like a centipede. / Everyone will die, and I / will survive.” Three poems by Anna Świrszczyńska (Anna Swir) from her 1974 collection “Building the Barricade”. Anna Świrszczyńska
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August in History

August in History
Diary of an Eternal Pessimist

Reading / society
Our eternally pessimistic correspondent gives his historical highlights for the month of August. Adam Węgłowski

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Too Much Love (audio)
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Too Much Love (audio)

Media / Audio
A young man’s corpse is found at an eighteenth birthday party. Is it a drug-related death, a suicide, or perhaps even a murder? A short story set in Warsaw. Read by Daniel Sax.
Opinion
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Julia
Fiedorczuk
Julia Fiedorczuk

For Free

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Madly, in All Directions

Ivan
Krastev
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Karol
Pessel
Włodzimierz Karol Pessel

Swept Up by Cultural Scholars

Group 2

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Finding Peace Through Yoga

Finding Peace Through Yoga
A Way for Veterans to Combat Trauma

Reading / society
VEToga is a yoga programme developed specifically for war veterans. It was designed by Justin Blazejewski, who began to experience PTSD after 10 years of military service. Jowita Kiwnik Pargana
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How Can You Acquire Vast Knowledge of Traditional Kriya Yoga? (audio)
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How Can You Acquire Vast Knowledge of Traditional Kriya Yoga? (audio)

Media / Audio
Kriya Yoga seminars are constantly organized in Europe and across the world. One of them will be held in Poland this autumn. During the weekend seminar, participants will learn the five-fold path of Babaji’s Kriya Yoga. Read by Konstancja Dangel.
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How Do We Know Whether We Are Progressing Spiritually?
healthy living

How Do We Know Whether We Are Progressing Spiritually?

Reading / society
“The power of egoism is so strong, that we constantly forget who we truly are: pure being and consciousness.” Marshall Govindan Satchidananda
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Five Spring Meditations
Healthy Living

Five Spring Meditations

Reading / society
A psychologist outlines five meditation exercises for the spring months. Julia E.  Wahl

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Be Water: The Philosophy of Bruce Lee

Be Water: The Philosophy of Bruce Lee
The 46th Anniversary of Bruce Lee’s Death

Reading / society
Bruce Lee’s philosophy was borne primarily of Western sources, especially the American counterculture. Tomasz Stawiszyński
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How Bruce Lee Reached Ten Million and Inner Harmony

How Bruce Lee Reached Ten Million and Inner Harmony
The 46th Anniversary of Bruce Lee’s Death

Magazine / society
On the 46th anniversary of his death, we consider the brief but remarkable life of Bruce Lee. Piotr Żelazny
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When Women Had the Field. The Story of Women’s Football (audio)
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When Women Had the Field. The Story of Women’s Football (audio)

Media / Audio
Women’s football thrived at British filling factories during World War I, attracting incredible crowds. Yet a few years after the war, women were banned from playing the sport. Original publication by Piotr Żelazny. Read by Konstancja Dangel.
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The Speedy and the Sneaky
sports

The Speedy and the Sneaky
An Interview with Bartosz Molik

Magazine / society
Bartosz Molik, a coach of the Polish wheelchair basketball team, talks about doping at the Paralympic Games. Andrzej Kula

Video

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Professor Filutek, part 44

Professor Filutek, part 44

Media / Video
Holiday photo.
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Professor Filutek, part 43

Professor Filutek, part 43

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Professor Filutek takes a shortcut.
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Professor Filutek, part 42

Professor Filutek, part 42

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Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
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Professor Filutek, part 41

Professor Filutek, part 41

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Attention! A May Day picnic message from Professor Filutek.
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Professor Filutek, part 40

Professor Filutek, part 40

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Professor Filutek’s lepidopterological passion.
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Professor Filutek, part 38

Professor Filutek, part 38

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A new look for Professor Filutek.
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Professor Filutek, part 37

Professor Filutek, part 37

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Professor Filutek learns to drive a plough.
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Professor Filutek, part 36

Professor Filutek, part 36

Media / Video
Wonderful vistas, unforgettable emotions...